Faced with the challenge to lead a little discussion, I'll start with something that's been on my mind for a bit, something I hope other people might be willing to chime in with their own examples, too: Covers that were so compelling, you just HAD to buy the comic.
I have a few examples, so I thought I'd share them.
Here's a great site for covers from multiple companies by month and year. It may help jog some memories.
What kid could resist this? I couldn't.
I've never forgotten this one. It brings back the weird dichotomy of being a kid during the Vietnam era (when this was published). In our notebooks, we would draw peace symbols next to scenes of warfare and carnage. We were bombarded with both sorts of images, whenever we turned on the TV.
That's ... that's just awesome.
Henry R. Kujawa said:
I don't see any problem with those. (Did Weisinger really say that?) I can see why you posted them in the 'covers that made you buy the comics' thread, which is the main thing. The Superman mythos tales happened in a weird fever-dream world where people only pretended to be grown-ups, and people's fears and anxieties came to life and were played out in broad daylight.
We are finding out now, that when you remove the weirdness and laughably illogical from these comics, you get dour grit-toothed 'tough-guys in tights' nonsense that never seems to just fly the way these old comics did.